15 years of the World Wide Web

CNN, December 14, 2005

Στον εορτασμό των 15 ετών του πρωτοκόλλου “HTTP”, το CNN έχει συντάξει τον κατάλογό του με τις 10 μεγαλύτερες στιγμές των πρώτων 15 ετών του World Wide Web.
Από το 1990 και τον Tim Berners-Lee, Browsers, όπως ο Mosaic κι αργότερα ο Netscape Navigator και επιχειρήσεις ή προγράμματα όπως το Yahoo, Amazon, Hotmail, Ebay καθώς και η κατάληξη .com, έχουν καταφέρει να κάνουν το WWW να γίνει αναπόσπαστο κομμάτι της καθημερινής μας ζωής.
Spark’s top 10 Web moments

10. WiFi hotspots — wireless Internet connectivity appears in airports, hotels and even McDonald’s.

9. Webcams and photo sharing — communication becomes visual, and inboxes fill with baby photos.

8. Skype — telephony turns upside down with free long-distance calls, Ebay snaps it up in September 2005 for $2.6 billion.

7. Live 8 on AOL — five million people watch poverty awareness concerts online in July 2005, setting a new Net record.

6. Napster goes offline — Regulators close the pioneering music swap site in July 2001 and file-sharing goes offshore.

5. Lewinsky scandal — Matt Drudge breaks the Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal in 1998. The blog is born.

4. Tsunami and 9/11 — two tragic events set the Web alight with opinion and amateur video.

3. Boom and bust — trillions of dollars were made and lost as the dotcom bubble ballooned and burst between 1995 and 2001.

2. Hotmail — went from having zero users in 1995 to 30 million subscribers 30 months later. It now has 215 million users.

1. Google — redefined search. Invented a new advertising model and commands a vast business empire.

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